26 Aug 2014
Internet of Things: big impediments, big needs
At the heart of the newly popular Internet of Things (IoT) is internet-enabled sensing nodes.
12 Aug 2014
IoT, energy harvesting and storage & printed electronics
Powering the internet of things: simple words to type but not necessarily the simplest of tasks to undertake. In 2008, the number of smart devices connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on the earth. By 2020 it is estimated that this number could reach over 50 billion, although one needs to bear in mind that this number wildly varies depending on how the IoT is defined, as the concept of the IoT is still very fluid and flexible in terms of what it describes/incorporates. Regardless of definitions, many of these devices will report to central servers and databases, while other devices may communicate directly with each other and develop their own intelligence. A lot of these are devices are familiar to most, such as smartphones and tablets but most of these IoT devices will be extraordinarily small and in many cases unseen: wireless sensors, tags, beacons, each of them characterized by enormous variety of operational environments, form factors and dimensions. This article explores synergies between IoT, energy harvesting and storage and printed electronics.
28 May 2014
Wearable technology for animals - a $2.6bn market worth watching
Wearable technology for humans is all the rage. As "the next big thing", it involves head-on clashes between some of the largest companies on the planet. Those interested in such technologies would therefore be wise to take a look at wearable technology for animals.
02 May 2014
Internet of Things: Node potential of 10 billion yearly
The new IDTechEx report, "Internet of Things: Business Opportunities 2015-2025" is unique in being up-to-date and very thorough in examining the challenges not just the opportunities for this hyped subject.
28 Apr 2014
Internet of Things: The King has no clothes
Some use the term Internet of Things (IoT) to rename a large number of existing topics including the burgeoning world of cellphones, tablets and wearable connected devices, better referred to as the Internet of People (IoP).
14 Apr 2014
Progress with passive RFID
Last week IDTechEx presented at RFID Journal Live in the US. In this article, we summarise some of the latest trends in the RFID market and highlights from the event.
10 Apr 2014
Highlights from IDTechEx's Berlin 2014 show
This year's IDTechEx event on energy harvesting and storage was held in Berlin, Europe. Following attendee feedback and a successful introduction of parallel tracks on the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Santa Clara, California at the end of 2013, the event saw the transformation of the wireless sensor networks (WSN) part of the conference to an event that incorporated significant attention to the advent of the IoT and the way the technologies covered would interact in order to create further adoption and proliferation.
25 Mar 2014
RFID market grows 15% in one year - to $8.9 billion in 2014
New research conducted by IDTechEx finds that the RFID market - including tags, readers, software and services, for passive and active RFID - will grow from $7.77 billion in 2013 to $8.9 billion in 2014.
27 Jan 2014
Mobile phone indoor positioning systems create $10bn market
This article shares some of the research in the IDTechEx Research report IDTechEx report "Mobile Phone Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS) and Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) 2014-2024".
05 Nov 2013
The RFID Market and the Opportunity for Printed Electronics (2)
In the previous article we looked at the size of the RFID market and how printed electronics was impacting the manufacturing of antennas for RFID tags. In this article, IDTechEx explores the latest progress in replacing the silicon chip in an RFID tag.